Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month in Canada, which provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of black Canadians and reflect on the stories, experiences and accomplishments of Canada's black community. To mark this occasion, Curio.ca has pulled together a selection of teacher resource guides, videos and audio series that honour black history in Canada.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 32 Titles

Included in this collection

CBC Short Docs Freedom Summer

At this summer camp in Toronto, Black youth learn about self-love and Black liberation. Moon is a 13-year-old discovering what it means to take responsibility as a leader. Rihanna is a seven-year-old learning to love the skin she’s in. Freedom Summer follows them as they learn about themselves and others at Black Lives Matter Toronto’s Freedom School — a summer camp where ...
  • 2018
  • 00:11:50
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 02/12/2018

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Andrew Marr's History of the World Haiti Revolution New

Inspired by the French Revolution, African slaves in Haiti rose up against slave owners.
  • 2012
  • 00:07:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/30/2020

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CBC News Honouring Lincoln Alexander

The CBC's Asha Tomlinson visits Lord Dufferin Public School, which as part of Black History Month is remembering and honouring Lincoln Alexander — Canada's first black Member of Parliament, the country’s first black federal cabinet minister and Ontario's first black Lieutenant Governor. This story also features Dr. George Elliott Clarke, a professor and writer from Toronto, who discusses the many ...
  • 2013
  • 00:03:04
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

Canadian History: A Conversation How Much Do You Know about Black History in Canada?

How much do we know about black history in Canada? Who were the key figures? What do we lose when we don't include black stories in our history? Moderated by Amanda Parris, host of Exhibitionists on CBC Arts, the panel includes: Nikki Clarke, Ontario Black History Society; Afua Cooper, Dalhousie University; Andrea Davis, York University; and Karen Flynn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2017
  • 00:50:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/10/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How Much Do You Know about Black History in Canada? - Viewing Questions

The Sunday Edition Living in Hope: Viola Desmond's Story Classroom Favourites

This special presentation from CBC Radio's Sunday Edition is a dramatized account of a pivotal moment in Canadian race relations. On November 8, 1946 Viola Desmond refuses to move to the upstairs balcony in the Roseland Theatre, and is forcibly removed from the theatre and thrown in jail. The resulting legal battle was taken all the way to the Nova Scotia Supreme ...
  • 2007
  • 00:54:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/02/2017

Life and Times Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela

Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela reveals a story unknown to the world beyond his inner circle. Mandela talks of his love of children, how apartheid affected him and facing the death sentence. How he survived prison, won over his enemies, and overcame prejudice. He also speaks about the pain of his marriage to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with whom he ...
  • 2004
  • 01:42:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/27/2014

Andrew Marr's History of the World Mansa Musa New

The year is 1324 and Emperor Mansa Musa of Mali was about to burst upon the world.
  • 2012
  • 00:06:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/30/2020

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The National Only in Canada: Rocky Jones

The National's popular Only in Canada segment puts the spotlight on Burnley Allan "Rocky" Jones, a man remembered for his unflinching dedication to civil and human rights in Nova Scotia. Considered a revolutionary by some, Jones had connections with the Black Panther Party and was a founding member of the Black United Front in Nova Scotia. A prominent Halifax lawyer, he was ...
  • 2013
  • 00:02:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/30/2014